Aggie Trio Honored With NorPac Field Hockey Awards

Mattie Maloney, Sarah Schneider and Casey Wollbrinck were honored by the NorPac Conference.

Nov. 4, 2011

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STANFORD, Calif. - UC Davis junior Casey Wollbrink was named to the 2011 NorPac West Division All-Conference team while Mattie Maloney received the Julie Nagel Extraordinary Teammate Award and senior Schneider the Sheryl Johnson Academic Award, it was announced by the field hockey conference this week.

The Aggie trio was recognized at a banquet held during the NorPac Championships, currently being held at Stanford University. All-conference teams for both the league's West and East Divisions were announced along with the specialty awards.

Wollbrinck, a senior defender from San Jose, is an anchor on the Aggies' defense while also providing strong offensive support. She currently has three goals and seven points, tallying scores at Bryant, Providence and Pacific while picking up an assist against Bryant as well.

"I'm extremely proud of what she's accomplished and what she continues to accomplish," said Aggie coach Vianney Campos. "She's a backbone for our team. We know that at whatever point we are in a game, she's going to take control, she's going to stay composed, she's going to play strong field hockey and really lead this team."

Schneider was honored as a winner of the Sheryl Johnson Academic Award for the second straight year, a testament to her extraordinary achievements in the classroom. She is an applied chemistry major with a 3.94 GPA and was was one of just 76 individuals to have her project accepted for presentation at the 2011 UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium.

"Sarah continues to impress us," said Campos. "I don't even know what other awards she can get, and she will get them. She has so many interviews for medical school, everybody wants her. We're so excited for her. We're so happy that she's stepped up and set that bar high for our program."

Schneider is a senior from Poway who shared this year's award with Christina Rua of Davidson.

Maloney, a redshirt freshman from Corning, Calif., was recognized with the Julie Nagel Extraordinary Teammate Award for exhibiting extraordinary care and support of her teammates. The league also honored her for "demonstrating a genuine love for the sport and for her academic institution".

"It's very well-deserved," said Campos. "She's been through a lot and continues to excel in field hockey, she continues to excel academically and she's finding a way to stay focused. She's really shown support when she's been out and she's a tremendous teammate. This award completely fits her."

The award is given in memory of former Appalachian State player Julie Nagel and was established in 2005.

Becky Dru of Stanford and Andrea Earle of Cal were named the West Division's Co-Players of the Year while Finley Amato of Davidson earned the East Division's top honor.

Tara Danielson of Stanford was named the NorPac Coach of the Year.

UC Davis, which lost its opening-round game at the NorPac Championships to Davidson, will finish its 2011 season on Friday with a consolation game against Appalachian State.